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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Graeme Edge, co-founder of The Moody Blues, died at the age of 80

Graeme Edge

The drummer, also co-founder of The Moody Blues, Graeme Edge, has died. He was 80 years old. The band’s front man, Justin Hayward, confirmed Edge’s death on Thursday.

His death’s reason has not been revealed. However, the Edge was discussed by Hayward as the “backbone” of the British rock band, which was enlisted in the Rock and Roll Hall from Fame in 2018. The band’s most recent studio album was released in 2003.

Hayward said, “When Graeme told me he was retiring, I knew that without him, it couldn’t be the Moody Blues anymore.” “That’s exactly what happened. He indeed kept the group together over the years because he enjoyed it.”

Edge co-founded the band in Birmingham, England, in 1964. His drumming skills were instrumental in the band’s massive prog-rock hits from the 1960s to the 1970s, including “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band).”

drummer Graeme Edge

“We became the team that Graeme always wanted it to be in the late 1960s, and he was called on to be a poet as well as a drummer,” Hayward said. Hayward joined The Moody Blues in 1966 with bassist John Lodge after Denny Laine left the band.

“He conveyed that eloquently and brilliantly,” he said, “while creating a mood and setting that the music would never have reached if it hadn’t been for his words.” “I asked Jeremy to recreate them for our last trips unitedly, and it was magical.”

Edge featured on all 16 studio albums by The Moody Blues, beginning with “The Magnificent Moodies” in 1965 and concluding with the Christmas-themed “December” in 2003. On the band’s Facebook page, Lodge paid tribute to Edge, praising him for his spoken word abilities.

Source: npr

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